Cofounder of Vitas in 1994. Extensive experience as a leading researcher in basic science (nutrition, exercise, pharmacology), epidemiology as well as clinical studies, with special focus on biomarkers. CAD has taught medical, dental and pharmacy students, and supervised 35 students to their PhD, and 80 students to their master of science (MSc). CAD has authored > 400 original scientific publications in English and > 320 popular scientific articles in Norwegian concerning nutrients like fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamins and alcohol, and conditions like cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, cancer and inflammatory diseases. He has been a consultant for large companies within food production, pharmaceutical industries, and he has for many years given 50-100 interviews yearly concerning lifestyle and health in newspapers, radio and TV-channels. Major focus in Vitas has been development of biomarkers for nutrient intake, disease conditions and use of different interventions in humans as well as animals.
Christian A. Drevon
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) - Friend or foe?
Gut microbiota ferment indigestible dietary fiber to generate SCFAs, mainly acetate, propionate and butyrate. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, short-chain fatty acids may have a wide range of beneficial effects on your body including chronic diseases like neurodegenerative conditions, obesity, diabetes, immunological conditions, and intestinal disorders. Thus, looking after your friendly gut bacteria can be a good investment.
Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin
Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. It is a fat-soluble vitamin only found in a few foods of marked quantities and it is produced in the skin by sun exposure and has long been known to help the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone. Laboratory studies has shown that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation. For most people, the best way to get enough vitamin D is taking a supplement because it is hard to get enough via food intake.
Fat matters – Lipids and health
Dietary fats (also called lipids) are essential for maintaining good overall health. Fat provides body energy, protects organs, supports cell growth, keeps cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and helps your body absorb vital nutrients. Type of fats and fatty acids in foods, supplements, and in biological samples like blood, can be monitored in several ways. Vitas offers a wide range of analytical methods for lipids and fatty acids. Learn more about fats and different fatty acids in this article.